Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: facilitating their active citizenship
Friday 27 July, 1115 – 1235
Young people from migrant and humanitarian backgrounds have enormous potential to actively participate in Australian society. However, they face a range of challenges in achieving this. They are negotiating the developmental tasks of adolescence and new family dynamics in the context of settling into a new country.
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia developed a National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) in 2016 to guide settlement policy and service delivery for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. A practical resource, it presents a set of indicators, across four domains, providing an evidence base for supporting and measuring good practice in youth settlement.
This symposium aims to bring together policy, practice and research, exploring evidence on how young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are faring, in the context of the NYSF. Specifically, the symposium examines settlement outcomes in terms of English language proficiency, education to work, and social and civic participation.
Multiple quantitative data sources are used, including the Building a New Life in Australia, the MY Australia project and the Education to Work project. Data from these studies will be complemented by the experience of a young person from a refugee background, who will share perspectives on active citizenship.
This symposium will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the experiences of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and contribute to the discussion on how policies and programs can promote active citizenship and participation among this population, capitalising on the capabilities and potential young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds bring to Australia.